Gang-Rape Victim Shouldn’t Have Boarded Auto: Kiron Kher

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Chandigarh: In shocking remarks, BJP MP Kirron Kher on Wednesday appeared to put part of the blame for the Chandigarh gang-rape on the victim herself.

Speaking at a press conference here, Kher said the 22-year-old woman, who was allegedly gang-raped by an autodriver and his two accomplices, should have applied common sense and not boarded the vehicle as three men were already sitting inside it.

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“Bachchi ki samajhdaari ko bhi main thoda sa kehna chahti hun… saari bachiyon ko.. ki already jab koi teen aadmi baithe hue hain uske andar… to aapko usme bethna nahi chahiye tha….I am saying this to protect the girls…..,” Kher was quoted as saying at the press conference, by The Indian Express.

As per details available of the incident, the woman had come to Chandigarh’s Sector 37 to attend a stenography class for the first time. She boarded the auto to return to her paying guest accommodation in Mohali.

She was gang-raped by the three men and left alone in Sector 53 after the heinous act. The police were informed after some passersby spotted her.

While stressing that boys needed to be educated to prevent such crimes, Kher stressed that the girls should be made alert and aware as well.

“Hum log bhi kabhi taxi lete the Mumbai mein… to kisi na kisi ko hamare sath hota tha… us se taxi ka number likha dete the.. because we wanted our safety as girls.. I remember as a girl… so mujhe lagta hai hum sab ko aaj kal ke zamane mein in cheezon ke liye sakhat hona padega (Whenever we used to take a taxi in Mumbai, we used to let someone know the taxi number … I feel that in these times, we have to be more careful about these things),” the Chandigarh MP said, recalling her commuting experience.

“Insaan vahishi banta ja raha hai… people should educate their boys. Even in the family, when father doesn’t respect mother, that does create an impact on the kids,” the MP said further while saying she “really felt sad” for the victim.

When reporters asked Kher as to why the Union Territory lacked a women’s commission, Kher pointed out that since Chandigarh had a woman MP , a woman mayor and a woman SSP, there was no need to have a Mahila Ayog. “I am there… women can come to me..,” she said.